SpaceX readies for first cargo flight

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Engineers at SpaceX are getting ready for its first contracted resupply flight to the International Space Station, reports the Los Angeles Times.

SpaceX will launch its Dragon spacecraft on Oct. 7, filled with about 1,000 pounds of supplies. The company has a $1.6 billion contract to take cargo to the space station in 12 flights. This flight will be the first.

NASA hopes that SpaceX will soon have a manned craft ready to take astronauts to space. Currently, the agency pays about $63 million to the Russians whenever it wants to change crew on the ISS.

Read more at the Los Angeles Times.